Kalarch INC's Tianjin Tuanbo Tennis Center takes shape in Tuanbo New Town
Kalarch Design Group (KDG) won the commission to design Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Center as a result of an invited international design competition in 2008. KDG won the commission after being awarded first prize, emerging from a field of five competitors.
The Tennis Center is located in Tuanbo New Town, an AECOM planned new community south of downtown Tianjin. The new town promotes healthy life style by providing a live/work balance, a variety of sports amenities and an eco friendly environment. Tennis Center is part of Phase One for the New Town. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012, in time for 2013 East Asian Games hosted by Tianjin.
The Tennis Center includes three main facilities: the Center Court, Court No. One and the Tennis Club. There are also eighteen practice courts. The Center has the capacity to host major professional events. In an effort to promote financial sustainability, the venue will be used as training and leisure facilities after and between competitions.
The three main buildings are conceived as identical objects, generic cup-shaped inner cores with tilted outer shells. The concrete inner cores are simple and efficient, while louvered outer shells, due to its material and shape, providing an ever-changing quality.
The grounds are generously landscaped, providing an open and welcoming environment for the Center. While major events not in session, the grounds will serve as a tennis themed urban park, serving communities in Tuanbo. CCDI Beijing served as executive architect for this project.